Visitors enjoy archery and knights at Portchester Castle celebration

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  • Portchester Castle marked 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt with two-day celebration
  • Families enjoyed entertainment from knights and archers
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KNIGHTS, maidens and King Henry V entertained crowds at Portchester Castle.

Families visiting the castle got to see fights, dances and a range of stalls as the castle marked 600 years since the Battle of Agincourt.

The celebration organised by English Heritage drew thousands of people into the castle crowds for the two-day event.

Carolyn Connelly, from Portchester, was visiting with her husband Anthony and daughter Charlotte.

Carolyn said: ‘The event was very good.

‘My husband was keen to see it because he is reading books from the same era.’

Displays mark 600 years since the battle of Agincourt.

Displays mark 600 years since the battle of Agincourt.

She added: ‘It’s great for the castle to be holding this event because it draws in people from around the area but also further away.’

A range of entertainment was available from sword fights in the main arena to dancing.

Archers also wowed the crowds with the longbow display.

Michael and Niki Hunt visited from Southampton with their daughter Izzy, aged three, and 11-month-old Kayden.

It was really good to sit, have a picnic and enjoy all the entertainment

Michael Hunt

Michael said: ‘It was really good to sit, have a picnic and enjoy all the entertainment.’

Historic properties director at English Heritage Neil McCollum added: ‘We had a lot of things going on for families to watch and take part in.

‘This is an important day because 600 years ago King Henry V was preparing his troops for battle in France.’

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. centre Sophie Power 7 has a go at archery''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-1) PPP-150808-180327006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. centre Sophie Power 7 has a go at archery''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-1) PPP-150808-180327006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Crowd''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-10) PPP-150808-180445006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Crowd''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-10) PPP-150808-180445006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Crowd''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-2) PPP-150808-180338006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Crowd''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-2) PPP-150808-180338006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Medieval costume''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-3) PPP-150808-180349006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Medieval costume''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-3) PPP-150808-180349006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Toby Stiles 4 arrives in style''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-4) PPP-150808-180400006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Toby Stiles 4 arrives in style''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-4) PPP-150808-180400006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. King Henry V and a Knight on horseback ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-5) PPP-150808-180411006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. King Henry V and a Knight on horseback ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-5) PPP-150808-180411006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-6) PPP-150808-180423006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-6) PPP-150808-180423006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Williams family L-R Jess, husband Anthony and his father Kevin ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-7) PPP-150808-180456006

8/8/15''Portchester Castle Agincourt anniversary event. Williams family L-R Jess, husband Anthony and his father Kevin ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (151037-7) PPP-150808-180456006